The 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics is making its way through Northwest Ohio from Sunday through Thursday.
The run is the single largest year-round fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio. The goal of the run is to raise money and awareness for the Olympic participants.
In 2011, the run raised more than $518,000, while increasing awareness for the athletes. This year, more than 2,000 law enforcement officers will run or bike in one of six main routes heading to the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. June 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.
The Northwest Ohio leg run begins Monday in Erie, Sandusky and Ottawa counties and Put-In-Bay. Coming from Tiffin, the torch will be in Wyandot County around 11:45 a.m. Thursday as it will appear at the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce summer picnic, near Frederick’s IGA. From there, the run will continue south on Ohio 199 until it reaches the Wyandot County courthouse at 2 p.m. From there, the “Flame of Hope” torch will continue to Harrison Smith Park.
The public is invited to join at Carey and for the sendoff from the courthouse.
For more information of to make a donation, contact Don Davis at 740-225-0549 or Lt. Mark Beaschler of the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525.
For route and additional information, visit the Speicial Olympics website at www.sooh.org.